Daily Archives: 09.10.2020

Airbnb Burned Through More Than A Billion Dollars In A Year

Hospitality startup Airbnb, which is slated to debut one of the most anticipated IPOs of the year, burned through $1.2 billion in cash—or about a third of what it had on hand—between mid-2019 and mid-2020.  That’s according to a report in The Information on Wednesday citing previously undisclosed financial documents obtained by the publication. The fastest cash burn occurred in ...

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Simulation Helps Explain Saturn’s Mysterious Hexagon

A new study of the mysterious hexagon-shaped storm at Saturn’s north pole suggests this phenomenon is actually the result of activity occurring across the entire planet. In a new paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, scientists say that the unnatural-looking hurricane occurs when atmospheric flows across Saturn create large and small cyclone-like vortices. These storms ...

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Government predicts budget deficit of €21bn this year

Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohoe The Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohoe, has said the Government is now predicting a general government deficit of €21bn or 6% of national income for this year. This compares to estimates earlier in the year of a shortfall of up to €30bn. Next year the Government is predicting a deficit of €14.5bn if there are ...

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What if underwater robots could autonomously dock mid-mission to recharge and transfer data?

A Purdue University team has created a mobile docking system for AUVs, enabling them to perform longer tasks without the need for human intervention. Robots can be amazing tools for search-and-rescue missions and environmental studies, but eventually they must return to a base to recharge their batteries and upload their data. That can be a challenge if your robot is ...

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JWST completes tests to simulate rigors of launch

The fully-assembled James Webb Space Telescope is lifted at a Northrop Grumman facility in Redondo Beach, California, during recent environmental testing. Credit: NASA/Chris Gunn The fully-assembled James Webb Space Telescope has completed testing in Southern California to verify the $10 billion mission can withstand the sound and shaking it will see during launch scheduled late next year on a European ...

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Planets Don’t Wait for Their Star to Form First

It looks like we may have to update our theories on how stars and planets form in new solar systems. A team of astronomers has discovered young planets forming in a solar system that’s only about 500,000 years old. Prior to this discovery, astronomers thought that stars are well into their adult life of fusion before planets formed from left ...

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Dynamic Simulation-Guided Design of Tumbling Magnetic Microrobots

Tumbling microrobots can perform such tasks as drug delivery, tissue biopsies, or toxin neutralization in our bodies. They can be accentuated by a rotating external magnetic field. Currently, the design of such robots is based on trial and error. Therefore, a recent study suggests a simulation tool for the motion of microrobots of different geometry. It addresses the problem of ...

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First broadband plan community connection points open

The temporary hubs will offer wireless speeds of up to 150Mbps The first 50 of 300 community Broadband Connection Points (BCPs), that are being rolled out as part of the National Broadband Plan (NBP) have been connected. BCPs are public locations which have been selected to receive free high-speed connectivity in the first year of the NBP, to provide broadband ...

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